Bridesmaid Gifts They Will Actually Love

Your girls mean everything to you, which is why you have thoughtfully chosen the closest ones to stand with you as you say, “I do.” So thank them with a gift they will actually love, and tell them how much they mean to you. Not that we are opposed to giving experiences like gift cards for mani/pedis, but we picked gifts they will be able to keep for years to come.

Getting-Ready Robes

A cute way to assemble a feeling of solidarity amongst your bride tribe is to get them all matching robes. Plush, silk, polyester - all look adorable and are totally crucial the morning before the wedding. As you and your girls are getting hair and makeup done, matching bathrobes will keep you all looking stylish and comfy before the ceremony begins. Consider adding slippers for an extra level of relaxation - their feet will need it before a day in heels!

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Hand Picked Jewelry

Jewelry is often very personal, but you can use this to find unique pieces for each of your girls. You can even mix-n-match giving necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to personalize even further, which would add an artisanal aesthetic. These are gifts that your bridesmaids can wear beyond the wedding day to remember the day for years to come.

Shades For Days

It’s no secret that sunglasses are effortlessly cool and can enhance any outfit for years to come! Consider getting your bridesmaids a nice pair of shades, which will definitely come in handy for a sunny wedding day. Plus, this is always a great photo prop for bridal party portraits!

Customized Hangers

To ensure your bridesmaids have a wrinkle-free dress to put on for the ceremony, think about gifting them customized hangers. Whether you decide to go for a homemade, hand-painted design or order customized ones, your wedding party will have an elegant, classy way to hang their dresses and a cool keepsake for their closet!

Coming In Clutch

Have essentials handy by gifting a clutch. It will be sure to match with their outfit and keep everyone organized. Plus, easy access for storing cell phones to get those memories documented!

Rosé All Day

If your bridesmaids are anything like us, wine is always a much appreciated gift! We could just leave it at that, but again, this is also a great gift to individualize. You can easily buy for each of your girls preferences!

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To-Go Tumblers

These to-go tumblers with names or initials are always a hit and will always retain their sentimentality. And if any of your bridesmaids don’t drink, these could be used for coffee or tea instead. There is always the classic wine glass, but these feel more versatile and inclusive.

Refill Not Landfill

If these gifts have felt a little impractical or not really your vibe, maybe gifting a customizable water bottle would be a better fit to keep everyone hydrated. There are endless options; S’well is just one of them. These are cute and functional and are sure to be used well beyond the day of the wedding!

Your girls have been there for you through thick and thin. Of course, they don’t need a thank you gift for being your friend. Just getting to stand up with you and watch you marry your fiancé means the world to them! But your wedding day wouldn’t be the same without them, so say thank you with a gift that lets them know how much they mean to you! And to make these gifts even sweeter add a personalized card.

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Valentine's Date Night Ideas

 Image via inspiredbride.net

Image via inspiredbride.net

Valentine's Day is just one week away and while we're all for an over the top romantic gesture, sometimes you just need a real life date night option. So we've collected some of our favorite date night ideas that are budget, time and real life friendly. If your significant other is responsible for the Valentine's plans, share this post as a subtle reminder that they just have one week to make it happen.

Game Night

If you're not a fan of going out, grab your favorite board games and have a fun night indoors. For an extra touch for the competitive types, take bets on who will win the most games. Loser has to buy (or make!) dessert. 

Build a Fort

Channel your inner kid with this idea. Grab all the blankets and pillows in your house, decorate with twinkle lights, and set up camp.  Make or order dinner to eat inside your fort and pick a mini-series on Netflix to binge watch.

Explore a City

Whether you want a fun night out, or a cozy night in a different place, booking a hotel room (or an Airbnb!) makes this idea exciting and accessible. Look for a fun restaurant to kick start the evening.

Recreate a Date

Think back to your favorite date you've had together, and take a trip down memory lane! This could be anything from going back to the same restaurant, taking a walk in the same park, or renting the movie you watched that night. 

Paint Night

Head on over to your local "paint while you drink wine" place with your significant other for a fun, creative date. You could also do this on your own if you don't want to go out, by buying two canvases and some paints and set up in your house. Decide on a painting to recreate on your own while you drink wine. We promise this one will provide a lot of laughter- especially if you're not an artist!

Plan a Picnic

Depending on the weather, this could happen outside like normal, or in your living room. Indoor picnics are just as romantic and temperature controlled. Buy your favorite take-out, grab a big blanket, and settle in. Guaranteed to end with a cuddle-sesh.

 Image via inspiredbride.net

Image via inspiredbride.net

Attend a Sporting Event

This is a fun idea if one (or both) of you are a big fan of a specific team. Surprise your significant other with tickets to a game, and make sure you spend at least a little bit of money on (overpriced) snacks as you watch.

Hike to Watch the Sunset

This a cheap, fun date for those who love the outdoors. Find your favorite local spot, or go to a spot neither of you have been to before. Make sure you bring a blanket to sit while you watch the sunset. Make sure you pack some water and snacks for the walk there.

Get in the Car & Drive

This is a fun option for those spontaneous free-birds out there. Make a fun driving playlist, roll down the windows, and get on the highway. Play it by ear and stop when you're hungry, stop when you see something exciting, or just when you feel like taking a break. You'll make memories as you drive.

Roller Skating

Remember when you really wanted a hand to hold during the couples skate in junior high? Well now you do! Head over to your local roller rink for a bit of fun reminiscing - often times they have a themed Valentines Day night as well.

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Celebrating Marriage Equality Anniversary

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the country happened earlier this week. Marriage equality isn't something that we want to take for granted and it deserves to be celebrated, so we are featuring a few of our Brilliant Brides' real weddings from this past year! To our brides and to many other couples and families this decision means the world, and we want to partner with them to show that love is love!

We hope that these images inspire you to plan your own wedding with love at the center and not to get caught up in all of the extra stuff. Focus on your marriage and each other, and the rest will fall into place. But one thing we can definitely help you figure out is what to wear on your big day! Wether you need to complement your fiancé's dress or tux (or anything else they might want to wear), we've got you covered!

Erin and Elana

Elana selected a gorgeous lace David Tutera gown that fit her personality so well, sweet, feminine and delicate! The v-neck straps and traditional buttons on the back of the dress were the perfect classical touch. Elana and Erin definitely have similar tastes as they both rocked lace dresses with dramatic backs, but each chose a dress to let their personal bridal style shine. 

Their photographer, Suzy Goodrick, did a phenomenal job capturing Erin and Elena's big day. You can see more beautiful photos from their wedding on Suzy's blog post. 

Courtney and Lindsay

Courtney chose a romantic, Justin Alexander a-line, gown that paired perfectly with Lindsay's fit-n-flare lace dress. The illusion neckline and full satin skirt make Courtney look like a modern day princess without taking too much of the spotlight off Lindsay! We love how similar these two dresses are with the illusion detailing, long trains and lace accents; they literally look like they were made to be worn together, and yet, each gown is distinctly different to let their charming personalities room to shine through. 

Thank you From The Hip Photo for sharing these gorgeous photos from Courtney and Lindsay's wedding day. You can see more photos from their outdoor ceremony on FTH Photo's Facebook album

Shawn and Myra

Shawn and Myra both found their dresses at our Denver location, and it was such a pleasure helping these ladies find gowns that would complement each other, but also let them express their personal style. Both of these dresses share a similar satin fabric and from behind they almost look like the exact same gown! Our stylists did an amazing job at selecting the perfect dresses for Shawn and Myra!

Congrats newlyweds; we wish you many years of happiness together!  And thank you to JXC Photography for sharing these lovely images with us today!

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5 Cocktails You Need for your Winter Wedding

If there's one thing that we love just as much as wedding dresses, it's a tasty cocktail! We love getting into the holiday spirit and thought that we would share a few of our favorite holiday cocktails with you! These are especially perfect if you're hosting a winter wedding! Chat with your bartender or caterer and ask them about their favorite cocktails, or share one of these recipes. Your guests will be raving about these cocktails (and your stunning dress from Brilliant Bridal, of course) for years to come! 

Salted Caramel White Russian

Makes 1 cocktail

Here's what you will need:
1 part Salted Caramel coffee liqueur (Bailey's or Kaluha)
2 parts Salted Caramel Vodka
1 part Half & Half (milk and cream)
Caramel sauce to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the Kahlua, vodka, and half & half. Stir with a spoon to combine.

Drip caramel sauce down the side of a drinking glass. Add ice until the glass is about three quarters full; then pour in your cocktail. Garnish with a straw and serve.

Apple Cinnamon Hot Toddy

makes 2 cocktails

Here’s what you will need:

1 apple, chopped
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tea bag, black tea
3 ounces bourbon*
1 ounce cinnamon whiskey*
*substitute apple cider for bourbon and whiskey for non-alcoholic version

To a sauce pan, add the chopped apple, water, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for three minutes to soften the apples.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bag. Allow the tea to steep for three minutes. Remove the tea bag.

Add the bourbon and cinnamon whiskey (or apple cider if non-alcoholic). Stir to combine. Divide into two heat-safe mugs. Garnish with the boiled apples and cinnamon sticks.

Sip slowly and enjoy.

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Martini

Makes 2 cocktails

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup vanilla vodka
1/4 cup white chocolate liqueur
1/4 cup half & half
Honey and graham cracker crumbs for glass rim
Reddi-wip and cinnamon for garnish

Begin with two shallow dishes in place. To one, add a tablespoon of honey. To the other, add the graham cracker crumbs. Rim the edge of each martini glass first with honey and then in the graham cracker crumbs. Set aside.

In a blender, add the ice cream, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vodka, chocolate liqueur, and half & half. Blend to combine. Pour into your prepared martini glasses.

Top with Reddi--wip and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cherry Almond Cocktail

makes one cocktail

Here’s what you will need:
1 ounce cherry brandy
1 ounce amaretto
2 ounces half-and-half
Dipped cherries for garnish

Add the liqueurs to a tumbler filled with ice. Top with half-and-half. Stir to mix; then garnish with a chocolate dipped cherry.

Guinness Float Shake 

Makes one float shake

 

 1 bottle Guinness Stout Beer, chilled

 

2 cups ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or coffee)

Chocolate syrup, optional garnish

Float: Add a cup of ice cream to a glass. Then, slowly pour half of the Guinness over the top of the ice cream. (It will fizz and bubble so pouring slowly is a must.) Drizzle with chocolate syrup and serve with a straw. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make a second float.

Shake: To a blender, add the ice cream and Guinness. Blend until smooth. Pour in to a glass. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and serve with a straw.

 

All of these recipes +  more can be found on Inspired By Charm (be careful.. you'll be pinning his recipes for days! His blog is dangerous!) 

Which cocktail are you excited to try? Comment below or share this blog post with a friend! 

 

Las Vegas Wedding Venue Spotlight

 

Next up on our Wedding Venue Spotlight series is one of our favorite Brilliant Bridal locations - Las Vegas! We're so excited to share with you our favorite Las Vegas wedding venues. You won't see any little wedding chapels or venues on the strip in this blog post! We've rounded up our favorite Las Vegas wedding venues that are away from the hustle and bustle of The Strip. All of these venues are simply stunning and we've selected venues that can appeal to any bride's wedding style! Take notes, Vegas brides! 

Glamour in the Desert // Legends Ranch Las Vegas

Legends Ranch is a one of a kind outdoor destination for weddings that is located just minutes from the Las Vegas strip! You can customize your wedding with your own theme, vendors & caterers with their list of preferred vendors. You can create a glamorous event among the river rock walls, mature trees, large grassy areas and gorgeous fountains!  

Photos courtesy Legends Ranch

Regal Ranch Wedding // Why Ranch

WHY stands for White House Youth Ranch is a non-profit program in Las Vegas that works with socially challenged youth to improve their confidence and social skills through working with the horses and their trainers. The ranch has been operating since 2006 and also serves as an event venue! If you are a bride looking for an authentic ranch wedding, WHY Ranch is perfect for you! 

Photos courtsey Kristen Joy Photography

Modern Muse// KMA Event Center

KMA Event Center is a Las Vegas Wedding Venue that is a unique one-of-a-kind experience.  The KMA Event Center is the premiere Las Vegas Wedding Event location, and it is not located on the congested Las Vegas strip or in an overcrowded casino. KMA Event center specializes in creating romantic memories to last a lifetime.

They succeed at transforming your unique style and concept into a reality with their uncompromising focus on details, and unparalleled personalized attention. No two couples are alike, so each event is tailor-made, from a customized menu to an LED lighting package in your wedding colors to a mix of indoor and outdoor space set up according to your vision for your special day.

Next week we will complete our venue highlight series by wrapping up with Southern California wedding venues! 

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